Climate change, water resource development and malaria in ethiopia

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Climate change, water resource development and malaria in Ethiopia
Eline Boelee, Matthew McCartney, Mekonnen Yohannes, Fitsum Hagos, Jonathan Lautze, Solomon Kibret

Presented at "Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy"
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
October 25-26 2010

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  • Thanks for the comment Doug!
    In the presentation itself I explained more about what ’safe storage’ entails.
    By taking the health dimension into account, potential risks can be anticipated at the planning stage (e.g. by participatory health impact assessment ). Then preventive measures can be included in the design phase, be it by considering alternative water storage options (e.g. in the aquifer vs in open ponds), in the public health domain (e.g. distribution of bednets in certain areas), or otherwise (e.g. using cattle to distract mosquitoes). Unfortunately there are no standard solutions, not even for one particular country and disease (e.g. malaria in Ethiopia) as the best option is always location-specific. But by thinking of potential health impacts of water storage options in advance, solutions can be sought for and included in the design process and local management.
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  • If I were a policy maker I would respond that this is a wonderful presentation -- until we get to solutions, which are not sufficiently specific to be useful. 'Safe storage' is like 'Motherhood'.
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